Artificial intelligence technology owned by Google’s parent company could be unleashed on Britain’s power network, The Sunday Times can reveal. DeepMind, a machine-learning operation bought by Google in 2014, has held talks with National Grid about embedding its software in the electricity network. The negotiations, aimed at boosting efficiency and increasing the use of renewable energy, underline the reach of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies into every aspect of daily life. DeepMind’s sophisticated algorithms – considered among the most advanced in the world – could significantly improve performance at National Grid and big power generators, the company believes. It could use millions of pieces of data – from TV viewing trends to the weather – to accurately predict peaks and troughs in demand. That could help to optimise output from power stations and more intermittent power sources, such as wind and solar.
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